RuPaul wells up as he receives message from his hero Judge Judy
RuPaul welled up as he received a personal message from his idol Judge Judy.
The Drag Race star admitted that he was blown over by the message from a woman he considers a role model.
He likened the message to being told he had done well at life by his own mother.
The interview was for CBS Sunday Morning program interview in which he spoke about his career, his family and the impact of Drag Race on young people.
In the recorded message Judge Judy said: “When I think about RuPaul, I think about three words, ‘talented’, ‘brave’ and ‘always honest’,” the Judge said in the message.
“He knows who he is, he understands life, so I’m glad you’re celebrating him this morning.”
Overcome with emotion watching the video, RuPaul appeared to struggle to stay composed.
“To hear someone I respect like this, say that to me is like hearing my mom say ‘you done good kid, you done real good’,” RuPaul said after he watched the message.
The message will be a welcome positive after a tumultuous few weeks for the drag icon.
He apologised for saying that he would not allow transgender contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race earlier this month.
The Emmy-winning host faced backlash earlier this month after he said that he would not allow transgender drag queens who take hormones to compete on the show.
Talking to the Guardian, he said that he would “probably not” allow a fully transitioned woman to compete on the show.
Several other queens also openly spoke about having feminising surgery prior to competing on Drag Race.
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“You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body.
“It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing,” RuPaul said.
RuPaul said that this did not apply to Miss Peppermint, who is trans, as she had not received gender confirmation surgery of any type when competing.